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Old 06-13-18, 10:07 PM
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Days you never imagined would happen

When our youngest was born 23 plus years ago with Down syndrome, we should have been better equipped than many. My wife is an OT. I am an amputee and have worked with adaptive athletes for decades. Nevertheless, the prospect of raising Hanna was daunting.

Then came the leukemia diagnosis, two years of chemo, and the fears and setbacks that entailed. Many dreams and aspirations were set aside in those early years, only to be revived by the extremely talented young woman our daughter has become. She has been an extraordinary gift and inspiration.

Last weekend, my wife, Hanna and I rode the 100k version of the Trek 100. We finished the 65 miles in an elapsed time a bit over five and a half hours, at a rolling average speed close to 13 mph. The ride is a benefit for childhood cancer, a cause near and dear to Hanna's heart. It involved a fair bit of driving from Colorado to Wisconsin and back again, four cookies, five orange quarters, a slice of pizza, hundreds of new friends, ice cream, and a declaration when we finished: "I think I'm done setting lofty goals for a while, Dad."

One of Hanna's favorite sayings is: "This is the best day ever!" Reality tells us this can't always be true, but on this occasion, I'm going with my daughter.

Edit: Sorry for the monster picture. Technology seems to have left me way behind.



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Old 06-13-18, 10:10 PM
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Blessings on a beautiful family, and congratulations on your milestone achievement!
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Old 06-13-18, 10:31 PM
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That's fantastic! Congratulations to you all.
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Old 06-14-18, 04:27 AM
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What a beautiful picture, accomplishment and, especially, family! Thanks for sharing. You guys are blessed to have each other!
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Old 06-14-18, 04:54 AM
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How inspiring! May you all have many more best days ever.
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What an inspirational story! I just love that smile on your daughter's face!
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Old 06-14-18, 05:31 AM
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Awesome! Oh and nice bikes too.
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Old 06-14-18, 06:19 AM
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What a inspirational testimony of overcoming obstacles and turning them into blessings - thanks for sharing and going out of your way to support such a worthy cause, and Hanna's wishes. Nice Treks, love that metallic green on yours.

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Old 06-14-18, 06:40 AM
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Bless you and your family. Nice accomplishment !
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Old 06-14-18, 07:10 AM
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How beautiful! (...and I don't just mean the smiles.)
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Old 06-14-18, 07:32 AM
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Loved reading this.
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Best post and pic that I've seen on bikeforums.net in a LONG time!!

Beautiful daughter and great story!

Thanks for sharing,

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Old 06-14-18, 08:58 AM
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I think everyone's face says it all. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story of accomplishment! Very strong family indeed.
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So nice to read a great story like this!
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Great story and well done by all.
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Just beautiful....
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You are very blessed to have her @tigat .

Mine first daughter died of Leukemia back in 1996 at 4.5 years old.

Please enjoy every moment with her. She is a godsend, and beautiful.


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You are very blessed to have her @tigat .

Mine first daughter died of Leukemia back in 1996 at 4.5 years old.

Please enjoy every moment with her. She is a godsend, and beautiful.


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Thank you, Tim. So sorry for your loss. We lost a son three years ago, and I'm pretty sure the hole in your heart never fills.
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Proof that ti's smiles not miles that matter most.
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Thank you for a wonderful story. May all your days have those smiles in them!
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Old 06-15-18, 02:07 PM
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A great day indeed! Thank you for sharing. Warmed even my cranky old heart.
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What a great lead-in story for Fathers Day weekend.

On that note, happy Fathers Day to all of us dads (and grand-dads)!
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